Les Graves de Barrau lies in Cubnezais, near the Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. The estate takes its name from the gravel (graves) soil and the long barrow (barrau) upon which the vineyard lies. The wine makers are Serge Musset and Dominique Hebrard (famous for the top ranking Chateaux Cheval Blanc and Bellefont Belcier in Saint Emilion). Since we introduced this lovely little estate to the UK, Graves de Barrau has been very well received, with great reviews.
To enjoy its potential, decant and let breathe for a good while whilst bringing up to room temperature. Graves de Barrau is excellent with Sirloin Steak, Chilli Con Carne, Spaghetti Bolognese, Roast Lamb and Meat Based Pasta.
Press Reviews: The Daily Telegraph, Jonathan Ray, Top wine deals this week:
A complete and utter steal from the Bordeaux specialists to be grabbed while stocks last: a fully mature claret blended from 60 per cent merlot and 20 per cent each of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Soft, smooth and mellow, with velvety tannins and a touch of gravelly earthiness, it is delicious with garlic roast lamb or save it for the Christmas turkey.
Ned Halley, The Western Daily Press, Today’s Tipple:
Tastes well above its price level, still vigorously fresh and brambly in spite of its maturity, it’s claret the way the French like it. Nick recommends decanting it, and I agree.
Learn more about Graves de Barrau on Nicks Blog: Discovering Chateau Les Graves de Barrau